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Edwin Hall/Mary Keat, marr witnesses, 1849 Gt. Milton
Posted by: Dennis Johnson (ID *****3355) Date: August 12, 2005 at 14:23:23
In Reply to: Alfred/Sarah Keats, marr witnesses, 1855 Gt. Milton by Dennis Johnson of 203

I have been lucky enough to have been sent data by someone from England who is (so far) no relation of mine. And, I appreciate her taking the time to put the photo and names/dates into e-mails!
In the post above, Edwin Hall and Elizabeth Surman were getting married, in 1855. Their marriage was witnessed by Alfred and Sarah Keats. And, with Edwin's mother being Sarah (Keats) Hall, I assume that they are close relatives.
In this post it is Thirza Hall (sister of Edwin) and Joseph Surman (brother of Elizabeth) that are getting married, on April 12, 1849, in Great Milton. The witnesses for this marriage are Edwin Hall and Mary Keat.
According to Wendy's e-mail the data says:
1849 April 12th, Marriage of Joseph Surman, b., farmer of Great Milton, Oxon, son of William, farmer.
Thirza Hall, sp. dtr of William, publican.
Witnesses Mary Keat, Edwin Hall.
Sp. dtr is spinster daughter, the same description given for Elizabeth when she married Edwin. Spinster appears to have been simply an unmarried woman, regardless of age (unlike our modern definition).
The name Keat is new to me as I have never seen the name without an "s," though I'll say that I have few references of any kind on this branch of my family.
There are a couple of "Keat" names listed in the "Great Harwell Fire," which I have posted on here (Keats page) and a Thomas Keats, whom I believe to be a brother to my g/g/g grandmother, Sarah (Keats) Hall.

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